The Ducks entered the game on Thursday night against the Arizona Wildcats looking for a big win to jump start the Pac-12 part of the 2104 season. As a team they entered 11-3 and 1-1 in Pac-12 play after beating Oregon State over the weekend. The game would not go Oregon’s way. From the start the Ducks started slow allowing critical points inside the paint to the Wildcats allowing them to build a lead the the Ducks would not recover.
It did not help that the Oregon Ducks leading scorer shot just four for fifteen from the floor. The game was close at halftime with the Ducks down just five points. Arizona did a lot of work inside in the first half mounting a twenty point lead. Three point shots were at a premium on the night. If Oregon could hit a few, it would have been a game.
As a team Oregon shot three for twenty from beyond the arc. Arizona was two for eleven. The Ducks hit twenty-seven of the fifty-six shots they took landing thirty five percent on the night. The Wildcats fared better at forty-eight percent thanks to thirty-two points in the paint. Oregon also found themselves in foul trouble early with Elgin Cook entering halftime with three fouls.
He would foul out of the game before the ten minute mark in the second half. Joseph Young finished with twelve points, Jordan Bell had eleven but more impressively tied the all-time mark for blocked shots with fifty-one set by Tony Woods just a few years ago. Last seas, as a team Oregon had one-hundred eighteen blocked shots.
Oregon is back in action on Saturday hosting Arizona State at 2pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Networks.
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